Many Amherst residents are – or will be – eligible to sign up for Verizon FiOS, the fiber-optic network that provides bundled TV, data and phone service to interested subscribers. But not if you live in Williamsville.
Mayor Brian Kulpa said at last week’s Village Board meeting that Verizon has no intention of providing FiOS services to any village residents even though they currently plan to run their fiber-optic cables under village streets to provide service to other Amherst customers.
Verizon signed a franchise agreement with the Town of Amherst in 2008, so all non-village residents should have access to FiOS by the end of this year. That 2008 agreement excluded Williamsville and it’s doubtful that a separate TV franchise agreement will be reached with the village.
“We haven’t announced any plans for expansion,” said John Bonomo, a Verizon spokesman.
Also this week:
• The Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St. There will be no afternoon work session.
• The Williamsville School Board will meet for a budget work session and public forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the District Office board room, 105 Casey Road.
• The Amherst School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office conference room, 55 Kings Highway.
• Amherst’s Youth and Recreation Department will host “Winterfest” from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road. The free event will feature outdoor snow activities, including igloo and fort making (weather permitting), an indoor magic show, and craft and gym activities.